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First Impressions Matter More Than You Think!

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Are we that superficial? Yes we are!

When you watch the Oscars or flip through magazines at the grocery store, is your first instinct to check out (and comment on) the clothes, hair and makeup? Of course! We all do it.

So… why would it be any different when people visit your company’s website

Let’s make one thing clear: the most powerful marketing and sales tool available today is video.

But if you put that video on a website from 2012, that video alone will not convince anyone to buy from you. Your favourite celebrity can have their hair and makeup on point, but if their dress looks like a #ThrowbackThursday post come to life? Nobody’s buying what they’re selling.

Why? Because first impressions matter. Once you have someone hooked, of course they want to dig deeper and find out more.

But feeding that first, superficial impression is critical.

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Your website is your storefront.

Because as they say, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

So take care of your image. As strongly as I believe in the power of video, video is not magic. Nothing is. You need to address the whole package.

Here’s an example. A friend of mine owns a dessert store that is heavenly on the eyes and stomach. I love everything he makes and have been a happy customer for 10 years!

A while back, he told me he was closing his downtown store to open an exclusively online store. That sounded great! As long as I could still buy the goodies I love, I was happy.

So one day, I start craving something decadent. I do a search and find both his website and Facebook page.

“Oh no!” was my first thought, “That can’t be him. That is not the product and company I love.”

What happened??? Turns out, he had recently spent $3000 on a website with tons of text… and no pictures. SO what….The French and English text were all cluttered on the same page and there were no tempting images of the delicious desserts I remembered.

Looking at it, I wanted to pull my hair out!  Totally LOST opportunity for anybody who lands on this website. It is life and death for his business. It is thousands of dollars, it is PR opportunities. Or people who would call him for a “cupcake wars” show…

Yes, we, as customers, are that superficial. First impressions count, even for customers who know your product. They can have doubts if what they see doesn’t reflect the quality they expect or remember. The last thing you want your POTENTIAL clients to have…is any doubts…they are already analyzing if they want to give you their money or not…and there are other people who can help them solve their problem, put EVERYTHING on your side.   Your image is the equivalent of your product. When you can not be present in person, your website, social networks and videos do the work for you. If you don’t look good, sales won’t look good either.

Your website is your storefront!

Life moves fast, fast, fast. People’s eyes move even faster. What you present to the world has to be visually attractive and has to make people want to buy from you in that moment.

Here’s my advice to you: Yes, your client is that superficial. Accept it. Cater to it. Put your best foot forward on your website and social media profiles. Show off! Don’t be shy to look your best or make the mistake of thinking it doesn’t matter that much. It matters SO much!

Invest in some amazing images, reduce the amount of text on your homepage, use a nice font, put some thought into your colour scheme and post some engaging, quality videos that make your company come ALIVE!

Sometimes when you are “in it” it’s difficult to see from the outside. That’s normal. That’s why people like me exist! 😉 With 25 years of PR experience, having been responsible for cultivating that critical first impression for clients to show the world, I know what to look for and I know how to make you shine.

On our first meeting, I listen closely to what you have to say about yourself, your business and your goals. I take a good look at your image: website, social networks, elevator pitch… all of it.

From this deep dive, I create a video concept to present to you. Something that truly makes you shine. But it’s more than a video. It’s a basis for your image, your first impression. Once you are happy with your image, I coach you to be the best that you can be on camera

The end result is a powerful tool to boost your visibility and attract your next clients. It’s a fast and easy process where you sit back and I do all the work!

Don’t put your business’s image in the hands of someone just because they are family, friends or have done a few websites in the past. Do what you have to do to make certain your product and company look their best!

Tell your story, use video as a way to stand out & do the selling when you are not there!

We are superficial. We will run to your store if you show it off and make it shine. But we will also turn away if we aren’t drawn to what we see. Call me. Let’s make you shine!

 

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